“Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom”

Steve Simms has had a revelation: I Actually Read, Uncle Tom’s Cabin When I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin … I was shocked to learn that Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom. He was not weak or servile. He was not a wimp. He didn’t cooperate with his owners for selfish reasons or for personal advantage. […]

WOMEN’S HISTORY MYSTERY: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Although February was Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, it is almost impossible to find Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin among the works featured for study in schools throughout this country. Ironically, Hofstra’s curricular guide to “New York and Slavery” lists Henry W. Beecher, Harriet’s father, among those worthy of study, […]

Uncle Tom and Dr. Kay Scarpetta

One is a black man, a slave on a plantation in the 19th century; the other a white woman in the 21st century, a medical examiner fighting crime as a forensic detective. What could this odd couple possibly have in common? For one, they are both the fictional creations of phenomenally successful women authors, whose […]

The “Real” Uncle Tom

Plans are moving ahead for an Uncle Tom’s Cabin museum centering on a Maryland property that was once part of a slave-owning plantation – and once the home of the slave Josiah Henson. Is the log cabin on this property the “real” Uncle Tom’s Cabin? Is Josiah Henson the “real” Uncle Tom? The project came […]